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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
+1 304-256-1747
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A must see!

We found this place on the WV state website and thought it would be a neat place to stop on our way... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Candida L
Surprise Area Gem

Just happen to see this, and went in. Great underground mine tour, lead by 'retired/laid off' coal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
yvonne p
El Sobrante, California
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As the focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal Mine, the Rahall Company Store, Mine Museum and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia draw thousands of people to the area annually. The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and tasks of past and present day miners. In addition to the Mine, one can tour the Mine Museum and the period coal camp situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School, give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life. Adjacent to the Exhibition Mine, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is open to the public year round. The central exhibit area features an average of three different interactive exhibits yearly. Group tours include a visit to the Museum’s Planetarium. Behind the Museum’s main building, stands the Mountain Homestead. Developed to enrich history studies, guides tell the stirring story West Virginian’s hearty pioneer settlers as they interpret the restored log cabin, one room schoolhouse, barn, weaver’s shed, general store, moonshine still and blacksmith shop.
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513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
+1 304-256-1747

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place on the WV state website and thought it would be a neat place to stop on our way to PA. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. The kids loved riding on the mine cart & learning how hard it was...More

Thank Candida L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happen to see this, and went in. Great underground mine tour, lead by 'retired/laid off' coal miners - so you could ask them detailed questions and get real answers. Above ground = Representative homes and buildings, furnished, and staffed by volunteers. Get a feel...More

Thank yvonne p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When they’re with friends! We really enjoyed it and it was very educational. Staff was extremely friendly and professional. Great family fun! Would recommend and go again.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun and educational visit. Seeing how the coal miners lived and going into an actual mine was pretty cool. Parking was super easy, timing for tours gives you time to walk around and see all the other exhibits. It was definitely a...More

Thank Roy C
Reviewed 10 November 2017

While on vacation to WV for our family reunion we visited the Exhibition Coal Mine jn Beckley. Loved the coal town and museum. People were so friendly and entertaining. When we entered the mine it was a breathtaking journey back in time to when the...More

Thank howlerman
Reviewed 29 October 2017

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the mine camp as well as the guided tour through the mine. Our tour guide, a former miner himself, gave us lots of insight to what life in the mines were like. What a tough job!

Thank jnmwebb
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Runn by the City of Beckley, this museum is well done, in good repair, clean, and had volunteers on hand in most of the buildings who eager to share their knowledge of the history of both the specific buildings and coal mining life in West...More

Thank jennyrobot
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We took the mine tour with Marvin, our tour guide (who did a great job), and got a good feel for coal mining at the beginning of the 20th Century . . . very basic, physically difficult and dangerous. Also walked the out buildings and...More

Thank JohnD63487
Reviewed 25 October 2017

The mine tour was very illuminating and interesting and I highly recommend it to learn about coal mining. While exploring the buildings on the property, the guides were very informative and knew much more than what guides know at similar attractions. It's definitely worth a...More

Thank LiverpoolGal17
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This museum presented in a very realistic life in a coal camp. They have a very extensive display of tools that were used in the mines. They also give you a very good idea of what it was like to live in a company town.

Thank Jerry-retired
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29 August 2017|
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Response from Bruce L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry about early answer my mind was on Wall Drug in South Dakota. No they start charging at the age of 4
Daniel G
7 July 2017|
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Response from Kimberly M | Reviewed this property |
The main building is definitely up to ADA code and so are the sidewalks to all the outbuildings. I honestly did not notice if the little tram going down into the coal mine had a special wheelchair car on it or not. I would... More
30 June 2017|
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Response from GM1Ret | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Kim. I would also recommend an extra blanket for the baby.